Master's Degree Diploma
I have completed my Masters and am now working on my Ph.D in the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Science at University of Tsukuba. My studies are sponsored by MEXT and my current research entails the study of cultural adjustment phases that Asian students go through while they study in rural U.S.. What I enjoy the most is the small classes, sometimes with only two or three students, and the individualized attention the professors give to each student regarding their research. However the best part of my student life is my adviser, without whom I would not have been able to gain even a small fraction of the knowledge I have now. I am always encouraged to think on my own, but when I struggled with theoretical saturation and the future direction of my research, he was always there with a helping hand. My advisor provided invaluable guidance during my fieldwork and when I struggled to get my first publication. When I found some abstract theory that very few scholars heard of, my adviser did not reject the idea of implementing it, but instead took the time to read about it himself before providing his opinion.
My life at University of Tsukuba has been always serene and invigorating at the same time. Riding the bicycle through the campus is extremely peaceful especially on the weekends. Our laboratory is accessible 24 hours a day, and being able to use the facilities at any time has definitely been great. One of the most rewarding experiences was meeting fellow researchers from around the world. I have made friends from China, Russia, Central Asia, many parts of Europe and South America. Although some of these students have graduated and went back to their home countries, they often send me links to conferences in their area and invite me to stay at their homes.
The only negative thing is that there are very few American graduate students and at times when I was homesick, there was no one I could talk to about missing eating carrot cake or going to Renaissance Festivals. I sincerely hope more American students would take advantage of studying at University of Tsukuba. My advice would be to first, find a professor who is a good match as an adviser, then try to participate in as many conferences as possible, and finally getting a good roommate really contributes positively to a lively life and ones research.
At Mt. Fuji
At Mt. Tsukuba with plum (Ume) blossoms
While traveling in Japan
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